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Indiana Basketball Eating their own?

Publish Date: 02/24/2024
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

So now we eat our own? The vitriol surrounding Coach Woodson has hit a fever pitch. The question is why?

I expect the sharks of the media to behave the way they do; they smell blood in the water and piling on makes more readership; I accept it as the nature of the beast in sports writing.

We have a few former players out there who are sounding off. As for fans few played at the next level, and fewer were ever coached!

Our fanbase is fractured; opinions run the spectrum. Coach should do this, or Coach should do that. Even some more knowledgeable students of the game can’t even agree. Some have said they blame Woodson for not calling out players enough for poor performance,  while I just heard the two clowns from Hoosier Hysterics chastise Coach for calling out Reneau and Galloway in recent post-game media Q&As! So which is it?

There isn’t a fan out there who doesn’t want the team to return to the glory days, even though, in this day and age, I question if it’s obtainable. Few, if any, have the answers. There are lots of opinions but no realistic road map.

Woodson, in my opinion, is catching the wrath of 20+ years of frustration within the fan base and that is not his fault. Bad coaching decisions, a carousel of coaches coming and going. I’ve seen fans hashtag recruits on Twitter now X, bashing the team and the coach. How the hell does any of this help the program? The truth is it doesn’t—quite the opposite. Building a consistent winning program does take time; what Knight did was rare. It hurts recruiting; it makes the portal that much harder to have success. The very people who think they know all the answers are, in actuality, hurting the program.

I don’t blame anyone for being disappointed in this year’s team; hell, I am. But as I said a few days ago, this team was never projected to win big this year, with all the roster changes.

What is so wrong about sitting back and seeing what happens moving forward? This Coach wants to win, this Coach has played at the highest level and agree or not, he has coached a higher calibre player than we see on the court at IU. Woody is not infallible, none of us are. The question remains will he learn from those mistakes and improve? Nobody can safely answer that question if you’re calling for change again now! I assure you if there is a change now, the program will suffer longer. Might not if we have more patience and see how things develop.



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